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Sacramento Credit Professional, Pamela Craik, Receives National Award of Excellence

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pamela-craikJuly 9, 2014: Columbia, MD—The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) honored Pamela Craik, CCE of West Sacramento, California with the 2014 CCE Designation of Excellence Award during the association’s 118th Annual Credit Congress and Exposition, held in Orlando, Florida, June 8-11, 2014. Craik is the area credit manager at McKeeson Corporation of West Sacramento, a company founded in 1833 that supplies branded, generic and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals to more than 40,000 customers spanning retail chains, independent retail pharmacies and institutional providers such as hospitals, health systems, integrated delivery networks and long-term care providers.

The Certified Credit Executive (CCE) designation is NACM’s highest professional certification. The CCE endorses its achievers as capable of managing the credit function at an executive level in the areas of accounting, finance, domestic and international credit concepts, management and law. NACM’s Designation of Excellence Awards honors those designation holders who strive for excellence in all aspects of their professional development. Based on her noteworthy record of accomplishments and service, Pamela Craik was chosen as this year’s outstanding CCE designee.

Craik has been a credit professional for many years. “She is a highly recognized achiever at McKesson,” said Karen Schmidt, VP RX Ownership, McKesson Corporation. “Not only does she exceed expected goals and challenges in the credit and finance department, but she is respected by peers, sales and operations departments, and is the go-to person for many financial matters from high level executives.” At McKesson she mentored two assistants to earn their CBA designations showing her dedication to education in the field of credit. Personally, she has earned her Credit Business Associate (CBA) and Credit Business Fellow (CBF) in addition to the Certified Credit Executive (CCE) designation.

Hanover Credit Professional, Gary Gaudette, Honored with O.D. Glaus Credit Executive of Distinction Award

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gary-gaudetteJuly 9, 2014: Columbia, MD—The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) honored Gary Gaudette, CCE, ICCE of Hanover, New Hampshire with the 2014 O.D. Glaus Credit Executive of Distinction* during the association’s 118th Annual Credit Congress and Exposition in Orlando, Florida, June 8-11, 2014. The Glaus Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the credit profession, who upholds the tenets of lifelong learning and who is highly esteemed by his or her peers. Gaudette is senior treasury analyst at Hypertherm, Inc. in Hanover. Founded in 1968, Hypertherm specializes in industrial cutting that includes new plasma, laser and water jet technologies and services.

Gaudette has been active in the credit field for many years and is a member of NACM New England, an NACM affiliate. As Brandy Sailer-Dow, CICP, receivables specialist, accounting services at Hypertherm, said, “He feels strongly that continuing education is vital to every credit professional’s success. He is always available to answer questions and discuss ideas.”

Gaudette holds multiple credit-related designations including the Certified Credit Executive (CCE) and International Certified Credit Executive (ICCE) and is an alumnus of NACM’s Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management (GSCFM), a certification program that endorses its achievers as capable of managing the credit function at an executive level in the areas of accounting, finance, domestic and international credit concepts, management and law. The program is held each year on the campus of Dartmouth College. In addition, he is an alumnus of Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, where he earned his BS in Management and MBA in Leadership.

NACM’s Credit Managers' Index Falls to 56.1 in June

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The movement in this month's National Association of Credit Management’s economic report was certainly less than impressive, but the overall index is still solidly in the expansion zone. The most troubling sign is that companies seem to be getting into more distress and that might affect future performance. 

Columbia, MD: June 30, 2014—This month’s Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) reading from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) was 56.1—barely higher than it was in April, but falling well below May’s 56.8. The readings had been closing in on 60 (57.1 in November and 57.3 in January) and are still firmly in positive territory, but are now just not trending in the preferred direction. The services sector took the brunt of the impact, and the manufacturing sector did not budge, for the second month in a row.

After the readings last month, it was thought that the CMI would show continued progress, but the manufacturing sector was flat and the service sector experienced a very sharp decline—enough to drag the index down. “The drop was unexpected, which has suddenly become a common refrain as some other data releases are starting to show similar trends,” said NACM Economist Chris Kuehl, PhD. The economy is clearly not out of the woods just yet, and the latest revision of first quarter GDP came as a shock. “It now appears that the economy contracted by far more than originally reported,” Kuehl said. “Add to this the latest data on durable goods and there is something amiss. Consumer confidence numbers have recovered to levels not seen since the start of the recession, but that renewed level of enthusiasm has not been enough to pull the economy forward, or so it would seem.”

NACM Presents Annual Awards at 118th Credit Congress

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Columbia, MD: June 10, 2014—The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) announced its Honors & Awards Program recipients during the General Session of its 118th Credit Congress and Exposition in Orlando, Florida, on June 9.

The O.D. Glaus Credit Executive of Distinction Award was presented to Gary Gaudette, CCE, ICCE, senior treasury analyst with Hypertherm, Inc. in Hanover, New Hampshire. Candidates for this award are judged on local and national service to the NACM organization, community service, educational and professional achievements, mentoring and cultivation of staff and peers, and support of the NACM organization.

The Designation of Excellence Awards honor designation holders at three distinct levels: the Certified Credit Executive (CCE), Certified Business Fellow (CBF) and Certified Business Associate (CBA). Each honoree must have an unrelenting pursuit of excellence through enhanced and improved knowledge and a demonstrated willingness to share their expertise through service and mentoring. The awards were presented to Pamela Craik, CCE, area credit manager with McKesson Corporation in West Sacramento, California, Myra Kingstad, CBF, collections specialist with Walter USA, LLC in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and Sheryl Rasmusson, CBA, office manager at Kilgore Architectural Products, Inc. in Spokane, Washington, respectively.

National Association of Credit Management's 118th Credit Congress and Exposition is Underway in Orlando

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The educational portion of NACM’s annual Credit Congress opened today with a keynote speech from “You Say More Than You Think” author, Janine Driver, and will continue through Wednesday. Sessions include the findings and potential recommendations of the American Bankruptcy Institute Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 and, separately, the Federal Reserve’s research on the perceived problems regarding electronic and other payment systems. Many other educational sessions and networking events fill the three days.

Columbia, MD: June 9, 2014—The premier event for commercial credit management opened its educational portion of the its annual conference this morning in Orlando, Florida. Held this year from June 8-11, the National Association of Credit Management’s (NACM’s) 118th Credit Congress and Exposition is an annual treasure trove of educational sessions and networking opportunities expertly designed to enhance the skills, abilities and careers of trade credit and finance professionals who extend business-to-business credit. The conference’s expo, which opened Sunday evening, features dozens of vendors and providers, the only place nationwide where trade credit and finance professionals can meet all of the industry’s biggest leaders and service providers in one place.

“The role of the commercial credit and finance professional is changing, but their core responsibility remains guarding their companies’ assets while leveraging risk as profitably as possible, both domestically and in the ever-growing international arena,” said NACM President Robin Schauseil, CAE. “NACM’s Credit Congress gives credit and finance professionals the tools they need to adjust their professional roles, while still mitigating risk and helping to grow their companies’ and their own valuable network of colleagues and business contacts.”

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